LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif has appealed to Minhajul Quran administration to review its decision of boycotting the judicial commission, as judicial process is the only mean to ensure justice and the boycott will be a grave injustice to the deceased people and their families.

“In the name of justice and humanity I appeal to Minhajul Quran administration to reconsider the decision of not appearing before the commission,” the chief minister said while speaking to the members of Punjab Assembly here on Thursday.

Shahbaz said he was determined to provide justice to the affectees at any cost and cooperation with the judicial commission was necessary to ensure punishment to those who had played with the human lives. Shahbaz said despite refusal of Idara Minhajul Quran to meet the delegation of ministers going there to express condolences, the Punjab government would uphold all demands of justice and the guilty persons would be brought to book.

The CM said that he was deeply shocked and grieved over the loss of precious human lives in the clash with police and he fully realised the feelings of the families of the deceased people as well as the leaders and workers of Awami Tehreek. He said the judicial commission set up to hold inquiry into the incident had started its work and the facts would soon be brought before the nation. He said the report of the judicial commission would be implemented in letter and spirit and the guilty persons would not escape punishment. The chief minister said that Muslim League-N had never indulged in politics of bullets and violence as it believed in public service and norms of decency and would continue to adhere to these values. He said Shahbaz could not tolerate that people be subjected to cruelty merely for the purpose of removing barricades. He said the course of law and justice would not be hampered and tempering with the record of the injured persons will not be tolerated. The chief minister said that police authorities and provincial administration had been given instructions in this regard.–Staff Reporter